Archive for December, 2008

Windows XP = Windows Christ Savior?


Now that I have your attention… 

When I hear XP I typically think Windows XP, and then there is also Extreme Programming. But I never knew that XP means “Christ Savior”. According to Grammar Girl’s quick and dirty tips:

Retailers have long been accused of secularizing Christmas by using “Xmas” in signs and advertisements; therefore, I suspect many of you will be surprised to learn that “Xmas” has a religious origin.

In Greek, the letter “chi” is written as an X, and chi is the first letter of the Greek word for “Christ.” Greeks sometimes abbreviated “Christ” as “X.” For example, they abbreviated “Christ savior” as “XP.” (“P” is the symbol for the Greek letter “rho,” which is the first letter of the word “savior” in Greek.) The Oxford English Dictionary shows the first known English use of “Xmas” in 1551.
As for appropriateness, “Xmas” may have a religious origin and fit better on signs, but many people — both those who use “Xmas” and those who complain about its use — are unaware of the religious origin. If you choose you use “Xmas,” you should know that some people will be infuriated.

Wow, now that’s really got me thinking… Generation X = The generation of Christ? Whoa! Deep. Now I’m sorry I talked so much smack about ’em. 🙂

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This Christmas Eve it’s snowing in Gilbert!


December is here and so is the snow!

Yes, snow in the desert valley!  Well not yet… but on Christmas Eve there will be. Guaranteed!

On December 24th, Superstition Springs Community Church (SSCC) would like to celebrate Christmas Eve with you and that celebration will include snow, SLEDDING, hot cocoa, wagon train rides, LIVE MUSIC,  Bethlehem Village, and a petting zoo. I’m thinking this Christmas Eve service is going to be a BLAST. So, mark your calendar and get more details about it here. See you there!

That’s still 23 days away though.. the reason I’m bringing this up so early is because it’s also December which makes it officially time to enjoy some new Christmas music right?  I also wanted to point you to the FREE downloadable Christmas album recorded by the SSCC Worship Band. Good stuff, these guys and gals are really good. I can honestly say that I look forward to hearing them every Sunday.

Whether you are near to Gilbert or far, SSCC offers a lot. The prior two things I mention are the tip of the iceberg. SSCC’s community and WORLD involvement is admirable, I’m 5 weeks new to SSCC, and let me tell you I’m excited about the impact this church is making in the world. Check out what SSCC is doing on their “All In” blog.

(Gilbert covered in snow…Cows? Yeah…our infamous, stinky dairy)

I know this post isn’t QA oriented, I’d like to remind you that you can refine you RSS feed to QA posts only by subscribing to the “Quality Assurance” category. Anything that has to do with SQA will always have that category assigned to it.

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